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Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite
A Spoonful of Sugar is book two in The Bachelor Bake-Off series, and this time we meet health conscious gym owner Tyler, whose staff entered him into the bake-off knowing he can’t even cook grilled cheese. So when Tyler sets off his smoke alarm during an attempt to bake a cake, he finally gets an official introduction to his cute but shy neighbor, Stacey Allman. Stacey is a heroine you can get behind and I applaud Kate Hardy for this character. She is sympathetic and kind, sweet and shy, but along the way she learns that she is stronger and smarter than her family ever let her believe. When these two meet up for baking lessons, it is a sweet romance even Grandma will love.
What I loved about Spoonful of Sugar: The Bachelor Bake-Off Book 2 was the small town feel and getting to catch up with the people of Marietta. The drama was minimal, almost too minimal, but for a sweet romance it got the job done. I liked Tyler a lot, but Lyle is the one who stole the show for me and I hope he gets a story in this series too. The thing I had a problem with is that Kate Hardy spent a lot of time talking about how to bake and, at times, it felt more like an homage to baking than a small town romance. The author more than made up for it with the actual bake-offs, but it slowed down the pace of the book a bit too much. Overall, I enjoyed this title, although I enjoyed book one more.